Oesophageal cancer and aspirin

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Originally published in icon Issue 1 2007

Several people have written to us in the past about oesophageal cancer.  We have covered a number of studies on its links to ‘acid reflux’.  Unfortunately many doctors stop there and just give the patient antacids, rather than understand the cause.  We have repeatedly suggested that patients go and check out whether they have Helicobacter Pylori, long known to cause stomach ulcers, now linked to stomach cancer, but a cause of acid reflux as well.

Helicobacter can be killed off by the herb Goldenseal with bismuth, or by drugs.  The worse thing you can do, if someone has it, is give them antacids.  The acid in the stomach helps kill the bacteria.  Since localised inflammation is also a huge factor, we always suggest people sip Aloe Vera first thing in the morning and last thing at night, sometimes with garlic perles.  Aloe Vera contains six or seven different anti-inflammatories, including salicylic acid (the active ingredient of aspirin).

It came as no surprise to our editorial team to see that CRUK were now funding a trial - using aspirin plus an anti-ulcer drug, as a possible way of preventing/treating a condition called Barrett’s Oesophagus.  The press release notes that ‘patients with the condition have stomach acid that rises from the stomach into the oesophagus, causing frequent heartburn.  The acid damages the cells in the lining of the oesophagus and, in some cases, they turn cancerous.’

So – about time!  And still failing to understand the real issue.

Meanwhile readers with similar problems might visit a naturopath or homeopath, or a doctor for Helicobacter Pylori tests, take a combination of bismuth and Goldenseal, or drugs to kill it off if it is there.  Parafree from Neways along with wormwood and garlic is also pretty effective.  (Ed: I know; it worked for me after doctors in Harley Street failed - for 8 years - to diagnose my problem. Contact our offices if you need to find these natural products ).

And sip Aloe Vera morning and night…….. or take aspirin.

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